Britain’s Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott, has announced the Labour Party’s vision for a fairer post-Brexit immigration system, including a simplified visa regime for foreign workers.
In a speech in London on Thursday, Abbott said that Labour would scrap the government’s target of reducing net migration (the difference between those arriving in the UK and leaving) to below 100,000 a year.
“The target had never been met and never will be met,” she said, as she called for “a new conversation about migration that is not fixated on numbers”.
She also vowed to scrap the minimum income requirement for non-EU migrants and to give people “more rights of family reunion”.
“We want an immigration system which is fair, and which is managed, in the interests of the economy and the community as a whole,” she added.
Abbott also pledged that Labour would abolish the Immigration Act 2014 and end the “hostile environment” policy…